EDUCATION bosses in York have agreed to provide £100,000 to help move classes of special school pupils to another site when Burnholme Community College closes.

Some Applefields School pupils are currently taught at Burnholme, which is set to close in 2014 due to falling student numbers, but this arrangement will move to Manor CE Academy by the start of the 2013 academic year.

City of York Council said Manor was chosen as the best option amid several “expressions of interest” from other York schools and the council is allocating £100,000 towards the changes. Applefields caters for 140 pupils aged 11 to 19, of whom 11 currently use the Burnholme facilities.

The council has said it wants to ensure pupils with learning difficulties can continued to be based in a mainstream second-ary school after the Burnholme closure.